WHAT ARE AKC CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS?

An AKC Championship requires 15 total points.  Points are awarded to the Winners Dog and Winners Bitch based upon the number of dogs competing in each sex.    Dogs that are excused or absent do not count.

Points are determined by the AKC Point Schedule published annually by AKC.  States are divided into Divisions, and each Division has a different point schedule.  Simply put, AKC calculates averages of how many dogs in each breed have competed in a Division over a period of time.  If Division 1 has an increase of Brittany’s competing, the number of dogs required to earn points also increases.

Total Dogs Counted for Points

The Championship points require a combination of at least two Majors (awarded under different judges), and any other points for a total of 15.

Major – A Major is 3 points or more.  Often a major is referred to as a 3 point major, or a 5 point major in dog show lingo.

Singles – 1 or 2 points that do not qualify as a major.  “Singled out” refers to only needing Majors for the Championship.

WINNERS DOG

Count all the dogs in the non-champion classes

  • Puppy Dogs
  • Novice Dogs
  • Amateur Owner Handler
  • American Bred Dogs
  • Bred by Exhibitor Dogs
  • Open Dogs

WINNERS BITCH

Count all the bitches in the non-champion classes

  • Puppy Dogs
  • Novice Dogs
  • Amateur Owner Handler
  • American Bred Dogs
  • Bred by Exhibitor Dogs
  • Open Dogs

 

COUNTING DOGS EXAMPLE: BRITTANY

  • 6-9 Puppy Dog – 1
  • American Bred Dog – 1
  • Bred By Exhibitor Dog – 2
  • Open Dog – 1

Total Dogs Counted for Points – 5

The Championship points require a combination of at least two Majors (awarded under different judges), and any other points for a total of 15.

Major – A Major is 3 points or more.  Often a major is referred to as a 3 point major, or a 5 point major in dog show lingo.

Singles – 1 or 2 points that do not qualify as a major.  “Singled out” refers to only needing Majors for the Championship.

AKC POINT SCHEDULE

Each May, the AKC publishes the AKC point schedule.  It is broken into Divisions by states.  Each Division has it’s own scale of the number of dogs required for each point.  Point Schedules are usually printed in the show catalog as well.  Using our counting dogs example, 5 Brittany Dogs would be a 3 point major.

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HOW TO COUNT ADDITIONAL POINTS

Remember the basic principle of counting dogs in competition?  Let’s add some more points to your win!

BEST OF WINNERS – In the Best of Breed ring, Winners Dog and Winners Bitch compete for Best of Winners.  Best of Winners is the “best non-champion” dog or bitch.  Our Brittany Winners Dog had an entry of 5 Dogs, for a total of 3 points.  If our Brittany Winners Bitch only had an entry of 2 Bitches, for a total of 1 point AND she is awarded Best of Winners, Winners Bitch would then receive the SAME POINTS THAT THE WINNERS DOG EARNED.  Winners Bitch would take a 3 point major as well.  Winners Dog would still receive his 3 point major.  Both sexes would be awarded a 3 point major.  Dog Show Lingo is the “points crossed over”.

BEST OF BREED – If your Winners Dog or Winners Bitch is awarded Best of Breed, this is how you count.  You are automatically Best of Winners.

  • Greater of the Winners Dog or Winners Bitch points.  In our example it would be 5 dogs for a total of 3 points.
  • ADD a dog for each Champion Dog or Champion Bitch defeated.  So if there were 2 Champion Dogs and 1 Champion Bitch, you would have a total of 8 dogs.  Refer to the AKC Point Schedule – 8 Brittany Dogs is a 5 point major.  8 Brittany Bitches is a 4 point major.

BEST OF OPPOSITE SEX – Similar to the Best of Breed count, except you only count the Champions of your sex.  So if Winners Dog is BOS, add Champion Dogs defeated.  If Winners Bitch is BOS, add Champion Bitches defeated.  Best of Winners is NOT automatic with Best of Opposite Sex.

HOW TO FIND YOUR DOGS POINTS PROGRESSION

The AKC Store has your dogs points progression available for free online.  Look under Competitor Reports and follow the instructions.  It’s a good idea to set up an account in the AKC Store and enter your dog’s microchip and other information for safekeeping.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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